New Perspectives in Science Education

Edition 8

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Thomas Waitz

Institution: Georg-August-University Göttingen, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry Education

Country: Germany

Thomas Waitz (*1979) is Professor for Chemistry Education at the Georg-August-University of Göttingen (Germany).

After graduating in chemistry and sport sciences from the Justus-Liebig-University of Gießen in 2005, he started his in-service teacher training and finished his 2nd state examination in 2007.

From 2007 to 2009, he worked as a teacher and parallel to his work at school [Komma] he received his PhD in 2009 in the group of Prof. Dr. Michael Tiemann concerning mesoporous semiconducting metal oxides.

In 2009, he was delegated to the Institute of Chemistry Education at the University of Gießen. In 2010, he accepted a position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Göttingen.

His main areas of work concern the didactic reconstruction of socially relevant developments from various scientific and technical domains of chemistry for school chemistry education. In this respect, special focus of his work is placed on cross-linking scientific findings with curricular innovations and standards as well as on content and methodological adaptions of teacher training at university level.

In a variety of projects, he focuses on conceptualization of the topic ‘Nanotechnology’ in the context of sustainable education. In this respect he is especially interested in the development of experiments with new (nano)materials in the areas of sensing, energy conversion and energy storage for school chemistry education, school laboratories and teacher education.

Thomas Waitz is involved in different projects concerning the development of public outreach activities e.g. for Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 803 and the CRC 1073 which aim to bring Science into school.

Area of Expertise: nanotechnology, higher education, school education, chemistry teaching, public outreach activities

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